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Originally written by Kimberly Cripps , former SDSU Extension Family & Community Health Field Specialist, with contributions by Megan Erickson, former SDSU Extension Nutrition Field Specialist, and Hope Kleine, former SDSU Extension Health Education Field Specialist.

Pick it!

  • Should be firm, compact, heavy with even bright green color, no black bruises or purple tint.
  • Small artichokes: best pickled, stewed, in casseroles; medium artichokes: good for salads; large artichokes: stuffing.
  • Storage: cut off bottom of stem, sprinkle with water, in airtight bag 5-7 days.

Try it!

  • Use boiled, steamed, microwaved or sautéed – on own or in other dishes.
  • Rinse well and trim stem even with the base of bud; remove tough leaves.
  • Cook upright at a strong boil in 2-3 inches water in large covered saucepan 35-45 minutes.
  • Eat by removing the leaves, starting at the outside, and use teeth to remove flesh from leaves.
  • Inside the leaves is the fuzzy choke – remove and discard it.

Like it! Artichoke and Spinach Lasagna


  • 9 lasagna noodles
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 14.5 oz. vegetable broth
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • 10 oz frozen chopped spinach, thaw, drain, squeeze dry
  • 28 oz tomato pasta sauce
  • 3 C shredded cheese
  • 14 oz artichoke hearts, drained, chopped


  1. Heat oven 350 degrees F. Spray baking dish.
  2. Boil 6 quarts water.  Add noodles, cook 8 minutes, drain.
  3. Heat skillet on medium; add onion; cook 3 minutes.
  4. Add broth and herbs. Bring to boil.
  5. Add vegetables; reduce heat, simmer 5 minutes.
  6. Add sauce.
  7. Spread 1/4 mix in baking dish; top with 3 cooked noodles. Add 1 C cheese. Repeat twice.
  8. Cover, bake 40 minutes.
  9. Uncover, bake 15 minutes.

Yield: 9 servings

Nutrition Facts per Serving: Calories 250; Fat 6g; Cholesterol 20mg; Sodium 870mg; Carbohydrates 33g; Fiber 2g; Sugars 4g; Protein 18g

Source: SCI Community Forums

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